"I will be forever grateful for Yolande's mentorship. I signed up for sessions with her during one of the toughest times of my life. Soon after I asked her to mentor me, I wanted to cancel all of the sessions. I thought I was stretching myself thin. She sensed my fear and wouldn't allow me to give up on myself. I am thankful she didn't think I was stretching myself thin and saw an opportunity for me to stretch out.
She helped me grow as a writer. Because she believed in me, I was influenced to believe in myself. It has taken a little time, but now, I am confident to call myself a writer without flinching."
Yolande-Clark Jackson is an award-winning essayist and children's book author, speaker and consultant. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College, and has published work in Huffpost, Prevention, Parents, Care.com, Sister's from AARP, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The University of Arizona's Poetry Center, The Write Life and others. She is also an educator with over twenty years experience teaching writing to a diverse group of audiences at varied ages and skill levels.
Yolande has been a judge and guest speaker for The LaPlume writing competition, and a presenter for the Mango Writer’s Conference, and Orlando Writing Lab. She has worked as a teaching artist for several organizations including the Children's Museum, MOCA and the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. She currently resides in Central Florida with her husband and family where she writes, hosts workshops, and mentors other writers from around the country in person or via Zoom.
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